Friday, January 23, 2009

The Horizon Report 2009

The 2009 Horizon Report is out now! If you are not familiar with the Horizon Report, it is a detailed look at trends and innovations effecting technology and specifically how it will effect education. Each year a panel of industry leaders in the fields of technology and edtech convene to draft this report where they look out to the next five years and attempt to forecast what technologies will be most influential or impactful and to some degree describes how they think these technologies will be used.

This year's report identifies mobile computing devices, cloud computing, geo-tagging, the personal web, and semantic applications as technologies most likely to have a great impact in the coming years.

Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes and browse this and past Horizon Report documents:

The Horizon Report 2009
The Horizon Report 2008
The Horizon Report 2007
The Horizon Report 2006
The Horizon Report 2005
The Horizon Report 2004

1 comment:

Jim from MN said...

I read with interest the sections "Cloud Computing" and "Personal Web." It was interesting that the model discussed throughout the report was Google and Amazon's innovation and success in leading the way in business. The report did apply educational thinking in "Relevance for Teaching, Learning, research, or Creative expression."

Wikipedia helps us with "Cloud Computing:"
"It is a general concept that incorporates software as a service (SaaS), Web 2.0 and other recent, well-known technology trends, in which the common theme is reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users. An often-quoted example is Google Apps, which provides common business applications online that are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on Google servers."